Month: November 2017

Join Us in Person or Online for Community Christmas Celebration

Our annual Community Christmas Celebration concert, a musical remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ, will be held at 6 p.m. this Sunday, December 3, in the Jeremiah Chapel. This year, the event will also be livestreamed online.

I always look forward to this stirring celebration of the Christmas season, featuring the tremendous talents of our many bands, ensembles, and choirs, especially the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The concert is free of charge and open to the public. Please join us in person or online!

Thanking God for Our Veterans

On November 10, we honored those who have served in the United States armed forces with our annual Veterans Day chapel. Dr. Clifford Johnson, former Academic Vice President and Assistant to the President, and a U.S. Army Air Corp pilot during World War II, spoke to our students about his faith and his service.

You can watch the Veterans Day Chapel program, along with other chapel services, by accessing the online Chapel Archive.

130 Years for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ

For 130 years, Cedarville University has developed Kingdom-minded servant-leaders to engage a rapidly changing world. In the midst of that history, the future of Cedarville was not always certain. We have weathered many storms, from within and without. But we have come out of each trial stronger and more resolute in our commitment to provide an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth. I pray that the fall issue of Cedarville Magazine will inspire your own commitment to the Lord as you consider the ways He has sustained Cedarville and caused it to thrive.

Giving. Thanks.

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a dinner with several of our students and two generous donors who had provided scholarships for them. I watched as a senior stood to speak. She beamed with a smile from ear to ear as she expressed her gratitude toward the donors. She told us how she had prayed for ten years that God would allow her to come and study in the United States. The Lord graciously answered her prayer by forging a connection with these generous donors who made her dream possible. I felt a lump begin to gather in my throat as she spoke about what God taught her through chapel services, classes and friendships. As she sat down, I could see the tears as they began to stream down her cheeks. Tears of gratitude and thankfulness for a God who used gracious donors to spread His grace in her life.

Her story represents the story of thousands of students who could not be at Cedarville University without gracious partners in ministry. As I went home that night, I paused to give thanks to God for our donors, our students, His grace and the opportunity to minister at a place like Cedarville.

Please consider partnering to train the next generation to stand for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ by making a year-end gift to the Cedarville Fund.

Listen Up!

Listening is important. As a father, I know how important listening is, especially when it doesn’t happen. Sometimes listening is critical to surviving in daily life — like listening for skateboards coming up behind you on the sidewalks around campus (something Cedarville students understand very well!).

The book of Proverbs is filled with words of wisdom about listening — to counsel, to advise, to reproof. But more important than listening to others, we need to listen “Up” to our Heavenly Father. He has revealed Himself to us through His inspired Word, and given us all we need to know for life and godliness. Join me — and hundreds of guests who attended our largest CU Friday visit event ever — as we walk through the book of Proverbs to discover what God wants us to hear.



Know Yourself

My chapel message yesterday dealt with a topic I haven’t mastered yet — if we’re honest, no one really masters it. We contrasted pride and humility.

One of those two, I’m a natural at; I’ll let you figure out which one.

The other takes a great deal of deliberate work. Before we can truly love God – and truly love and serve others – we must know ourselves and have a true humility about who we are. This happens only when we fully recognize who God is and His sovereign role in our lives.

Watch as we walk through Proverbs and discover how to truly know ourselves.


Interested in other resources on this critical topic? Visit our chapel archive and search on the term “pride.” Along with the recent messages by Sam Allberry and Paige Patterson, I commend the October 25 chapel presentation by Dr. Jerry Gillis, Lead Pastor at The Chapel in Getzville, New York, to you as well worth your time.


Think about your character. Who are you at your core? How would others describe you? Proverbs 10 contrasts two very different characters: the righteous and the wicked. We daily have to choose which we want to be. But we don’t have to do it alone. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Spirit within us, who guides us as we pursue righteous living. Join us as we walk through Proverbs 10 to discover what righteous character looks like in the life of a Christ-follower.


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